As the debate surrounding secondary ticketing continues to burn brightly this month with the introduction of an AIF charter, tickets for two Rolling Stones concerts taking place at the O2 arena in London have appeared on Seatwave for £11,000 despite not going on general sale until this Friday.
Various tickets have already popped up on secondary sites including Seatwave and Viagogo, starting at around £300 for level 4 tickets with a face value of £100. A quick visit to Seatwave confirms that floor seated tickets with a face value £375 are offered for £11,000. These tickets are apparently from a special pre-sale offered to American Express customers. It's only rock n roll but they like it!
Further pre-sale tickets were made available to O2 mobile customers and subscribers to the Stones Archive mailing list today (October 17) and were set to go on official general sale this Friday. Expect another secondary ticketing feeding frenzy at that point and numerous 19th nervous breakdowns.
The band recently announced that they would play the O2 on two nights as part of their 50th anniversary shows on November 25 and 29 before crossing the pond to play shows in Newark, New Jersey on December 13 and 15. Glastonbury headline rumours persist, with Keith Richards giving a surprisingly intelligible interview to 6Music this week, referring to the festival and saying: "On a good day if the weather's fine that's an interesting proposition. The band wants to get these four gigs under their belt and then think about next year after that. Anything is possible with this band." As previously reported, the festival sold out in one hour 40 minutes, shifting 140,000 tickets on October 7.
The Stones are estimated to make somewhere in the region of £16m for the four confirmed arena shows, which are the first to be promoted by ‘Virgin live’, a joint venture between Virgin and The Dainty Group.